Pad Support Having Means To Restrain Absorbent Pad Patents (Class 604/397)
  • Patent number: 10231888
    Abstract: A reusable washable catamenial napkin pad is formed from a lightweight oblong fabric sheath or casing which encloses an absorbent cushion and a fluid impermeable liner. The casing is made of a rectangle of cloth which has its long edges folded towards each other and attached only partially in the middle. Then the cushion and liner are slid inside the casing by the user, with the liner on the bottom, forming the pad. The pad is attached by safety pins or similar attachment device to an elastic belt. When the pad has been used and removed from the elastic belt, the three components, namely casing, cushion, and liner, are separated for washing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Eleanor Leah May Mandell
  • Patent number: 9877878
    Abstract: A reusable shield and liner for use by a woman during menstruation is disclosed. The liner is octagonal in shape and comprises two or more layers. The shield contains one water-resistant layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Days for Girls International
    Inventors: Linda L. Rescorl, Celeste Mergens, Janice Mae Bode, Cindy Murdock, LaPriel Stein
  • Patent number: 9610203
    Abstract: An absorbent article comprising first and second belts. Portions of the first belt making up the leg openings may comprise non-linear portions. And, portions of the second belt making up the leg openings comprise non-linear portions. The article may comprise a center chassis that comprises barrier leg cuffs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Sarah Marie Wade, Kaoru Ishihara
  • Patent number: 9539151
    Abstract: A male absorbent article includes a liquid impermeable pouch for housing the male genitals of a user. The pouch includes an opening for inserting the male genitals into the pouch. The absorbent article includes an absorbent body positioned in the absorbent article for fluid communication with the interior space of the pouch. An inner sheet structure comprises the opening for inserting the male genitals into the pouch and is tapered and positioned between and extending from first and second upper ends in a direction towards a lower end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB
    Inventor: Kent Vartiainen
  • Patent number: 9320657
    Abstract: An absorbent article includes a front waist region, a back waist region, and a crotch region extending between the front and back waist regions. The front waist region has a front waist edge and the back waist region has a back waist edge. The front and back waist edges define a waist opening when the absorbent article is in a wear configuration. An elastomeric waist band extends around at least a portion of the waist opening adjacent the front and back waist edges and defines a circumference of the waist opening. Each leg cuff member of a pair of leg cuff members defines a respective leg opening when the absorbent article is in the wear configuration and operatively connected to the waist band such that movement of the waist band results in movement of the leg cuff members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Long, Julie Paveletzke
  • Patent number: 9205183
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for collecting fluid are disclosed. The apparatus includes a body portion comprising a fluid inlet and an outlet, an expandable container secured to the body portion, at least one wicking element extending from within the body portion into the container, and at least one super absorber element arranged inside the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew PLC
    Inventors: Edward Yerbury Hartwell, Jonathan Chappel, Neill Philip Bannister
  • Patent number: 9072634
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent core comprises first and second absorbent layers each comprising an absorbent particulate polymer material such that the absorbent particulate polymer material is substantially continuously distributed across an absorbent particulate polymer material area. A disposable absorbent article and method for making the absorbent core are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Harald Hermann Hundorf, Holger Beruda, Horst Blessing, Peter Dziezok, Axel Krause, Mattias Schmidt, Lutz Stelzig
  • Patent number: 9060904
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article includes a chassis and an absorbent core which is substantially cellulose free. The chassis may contain a topsheet and a backsheet. The absorbent core may be located between the topsheet and the backsheet and may include (i) a storage layer which comprises an absorbent particulate polymer material and has a wearer facing side and an opposed garment facing side, (ii) a first core wrap sheet covering the wearer facing side of the storage layer, and (iii) a second core wrap sheet covering the garment facing side of the storage layer, the first core wrap sheet being joined to the second core wrap sheet along at least one traverse sealing zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Harald Hermann Hundorf, Holger Beruda, Horst Blessing, Peter Dziezok, Axel Krause, Mattias Schmidt, Lutz Stelzig
  • Patent number: 9011396
    Abstract: A disposable wearing article has a skin-contactable sheet moveable relative to a chassis. The chassis includes an inner sheet, an outer sheet and a liquid-absorbent panel interposed between these inner and outer sheets. The absorbent panel lies at least in the crotch region and extends into the front and rear waist regions in the longitudinal direction. In the rear waist region, a skin-contactable sheet adapted to come in contact with the wearer's skin is attached to the inner surface of the inner sheet. The skin-contactable sheet has front and rear ends extending in the transverse direction and lateral portions extending in the longitudinal direction and only the lateral portions are bonded to the inner sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Unicharm Corporation
    Inventors: Kaiyo Nakajima, Haruki Toda, Yoshikazu Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8998870
    Abstract: Reusable wearable absorbent articles with anchoring systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Donald Carroll Roe
  • Patent number: 8974432
    Abstract: An outer cover for an absorbent article has an absorbent capacity in addition to the absorbency of an absorbent insert. The outer cover may have two or more layers, at least one of which has liquid absorption capacity. Another layer may be hydrophobic. The outer cover as a whole may be breathable and water-impermeable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Donald Carroll Roe, Elaine Mary Wiggins
  • Patent number: 8814843
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides reusable diaper liner devices, systems, and methods. In various embodiments, a reusable diaper liner can include an absorption layer that includes a first surface and a second surface, opposite the first surface. The reusable diaper liner also can include a waterproof layer that has a first surface and a second surface, opposite the first surface. The second surface of the absorption layer and the first surface of the waterproof layer can be positioned adjacent to each other and the reusable diaper liner can be configured to fit inside a diaper body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventors: Sarah B. Van Bogart, Brian Van Bogart
  • Patent number: 8747380
    Abstract: A protective undergarment, such as a diaper, includes a sling that is suspended from an outer shell. The sling forms a pocket in which a reusable or disposable absorbent pad can be positioned. The sling has an S-pocket or overlapping pocket at the front end and a cuff at the rear end. The cuff forms a slimmer outer profile than the S-pocket or overlapping pocket and is used only in the rear where leakage is not as significant as at the front. The S-pocket or overlapping pocket and the cuff are both suspended from bumper strips that extend from the waistband. Rectangular hook and loop fasteners and extension members allow a diaper to fit wearers of different waist size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Fredrica Coates
  • Patent number: 8729332
    Abstract: A pants-type disposable diaper comprises: a pants-shaped outer member having a front part, a back part, and a crotch part positioned between the front part and the back part, and having a waist opening and a pair of leg openings formed by joining the front part and the back part; an absorbent main body disposed on an inner surface of the pants-shaped outer member at the crotch part, and comprising a top sheet, a back sheet, and an absorbent core disposed between the top sheet and the back sheet; and an end-holding sheet covering a longitudinal end of the absorbent main body at the front part and/or the back part of the pants-shaped outer member, and attached to the pants-shaped outer member and the absorbent main body with a hot-melt adhesive; wherein the end-holding sheet includes a composite nonwoven fabric in which a spunbonded nonwoven fabric layer is laminated on an inner surface of a meltblown nonwonven fabric layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Livedo Corporation
    Inventors: Yuki Takahashi, Kenji Nakaoka
  • Patent number: 8728052
    Abstract: A convertible reusable diaper is provided, comprised of an outer cover portion, a liner portion, and a detachable absorption portion. The outer cover portion may generally include barrier panels attached at both the front and rear regions of the outer cover portion to form interior pockets. A plurality of fastenable tabs attached to hole-openings at the barrier panels affixes the liner portion or the detachable absorption portion in place. The hole-openings allow the passage of the fastenable tabs through the barrier panels. Both the liner portion and the detachable absorption portion include fastener members inter-engaged with the corresponding fastener members located at the fastenable tabs to allow the liner portion or the detachable absorption portion to be removably affixed to the outer cover portion. Numerous options for affixing the insert portion and the detachable absorption portion allow conversion to different diaper designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventors: Jinmei Wang, Yu Ping
  • Publication number: 20140114273
    Abstract: A reusable holder for absorbent material for absorbing menstrual flow is made from a liquid permeable inner layer affixed to an outer liquid impermeable layer at the peripheral edges to form a pouch between the two layers. An opening in the inner layer provides access to the pouch so that disposable or reusable absorbent material such as paper or cloth may be placed in the pouch to absorb menstrual flow. After use, the absorbent material may be removed from the pouch via the opening so that the used absorbent material may be disposed of or washed for re-use. Wings extending from the sides of the reusable holder allow the holder to be fastened around an undergarment to keep the holder in place. Alternatively, strings are attached to the reusable holder to allow it to be worn like a g-string.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: DIANA BEATRIZ SIERRA
  • Patent number: 8679085
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a reusable diaper shaped as a pair of pants and designed to house a removable absorbent insect (6). The diaper comprises an elongated central piece (5) impermeable to water and designed to house said insert, and two side pieces (12,13) arranged on opposite sides of the central piece, wherein at least one of the side pieces is made of a material permeable to water and is arranged stretchable to allow stretching of waist and leg openings of the diaper when the diaper is put on and taken off, and the central piece and the side piece are joined together by means of a joint (15,16) forming a liquid barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Iréne Ronström
  • Patent number: 8672916
    Abstract: An absorbent garment having a garment-like outer shell and an absorbent assembly adapted for adjustable positioning therein is disclosed. In particular embodiments, the absorbent garment includes garment shell, at least one inner attachment member, and an absorbent assembly. The inner attachment member can be disposed at a waist region of the garment shell. The absorbent assembly can include a fastening component disposed at an end region, the first fastening component adapted for refastenable engagement to the inner attachment member. The inner attachment member can be configured such that a user may adjust a position of the refastenable engagement to the inner attachment member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Lynn Brud, Michael Faulks, Emily Tran
  • Patent number: 8652114
    Abstract: A two-piece wearable absorbent article (such as a diaper) including an outer cover, and particularly, an absorbent insert for use therewith, are disclosed. The insert has a fastener component disposed at either or both a forward region and a rearward region thereof, for fastening the insert within the outer cover. The end of the insert associated with the region bearing the fastener component may have a specified stiffness, to help the insert to retain structural integrity while fastened within an outer cover and while being worn. The insert may include an end support stiffener that helps impart stiffness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Donald Carroll Roe, Elaine Mary Wiggins, Joshua James Norman
  • Patent number: 8652115
    Abstract: A two-piece wearable absorbent article (such as a diaper) including an outer cover, and particularly, an absorbent insert for use therewith, are disclosed. The insert has a fastener component disposed at either or both a forward region and a rearward region thereof, for fastening the insert within the outer cover. The end of the insert associated with the region bearing the fastener component may have a specified stiffness, to help the insert to retain structural integrity while fastened within an outer cover and while being worn. The insert may include an end support stiffener that helps impart stiffness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Donald Carroll Roe, Elaine Mary Wiggins, Joshua James Norman
  • Patent number: 8585667
    Abstract: A two-piece wearable absorbent article (such as a diaper) including an outer cover, and particularly, an absorbent insert for use therewith, are disclosed. The insert has a fastener component disposed at either or both a forward region and a rearward region thereof, for fastening the insert within the outer cover. The end of the insert associated with the region bearing the fastener component may have a specified stiffness, to help the insert to retain structural integrity while fastened within an outer cover and while being worn. The insert may include an end support stiffener that helps impart stiffness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Donald Carroll Roe, Elaine Mary Wiggins, Joshua James Norman
  • Patent number: 8475424
    Abstract: The disposable pull-on garment has a longitudinal centerline, a front region, a crotch region, and a back region. The front and back regions are joined at seams to form a waist opening and leg openings. The pull-on garment comprises a main portion, a side portion, and a waist portion. The side portion is disposed transversely outboard of the main portion. The waist portion comprises a center waist portion, an outer side waist portion, and an inner side waist portion. The contraction rate of the inner side waist portion is less than that of the center waist portion, and the contraction rate of the side portion longitudinally inboard of the inner side waist portion is greater than that of the inner side waist portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Kenji Fujimoto, Haruko Sato, Masato Higaki, Toshiyuki Matsuda, Hiroshi Nakahata
  • Patent number: 8419698
    Abstract: A guard is provided for intercepting urine discharging from an infant such as during diaper change, bathing or clothing change. The guard is configured to attach to a changing mat or diaper without attachment to the infant and lie over the groin of the infant to receive any urine being discharged from the infant. A shield portion of the guard is configured to cover the groin of the infant while elongated ends are releasably attached to the changing mat or diaper. The guard is formed from a completely washable or disposable material. The guard includes sheathed elastic that allows the elongated ends to stretch around and over the midsection of the baby to accommodate various sizes of infants. Various completely enclosable fastening end structures with optional removability may be used to allow attachment to the changing mat or diaper, while adjustable and/or removable side pads may be provided for infant comfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Patricia A. Perry
  • Patent number: 8409163
    Abstract: A reusable diaper includes a forward waist portion, a rearward waist portion, and a crotch portion between the forward waist portion and the rearward waist portion. The diaper also includes first and second liquid-absorbent flaps. Each flap may have a fixed end portion coupled to the diaper and a free end portion opposite the fixed end portion, which is not coupled to the reusable diaper. The first and second liquid-absorbent flaps may be positionable in an overlapping manner along the crotch portion with one of the first and second liquid-absorbent flaps overlapped by the other one of said first and second liquid-absorbent flaps and slidable relative to each other when overlapped. In some embodiments, the first and second liquid-absorbent flaps may each include an at least partially hollow interior and an opening for allowing airflow into the hollow interior to facilitate drying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: Jennifer Lynn Labit
  • Patent number: 8202264
    Abstract: A pad in a generally T-shaped configuration has a central section with a height and a cross section with a width. The central section has generally parallel edges remote from the cross section. The pad has an exterior surface and also an interior surface positionable in facing contact with the interior surface of pants. A central adhesive strip in a rectangular configuration extends for between 40 percent and 60 percent of its length along the length of the central section. The central adhesive strip extends for between 40 percent and 60 percent of its length through the cross section. Each of two laterally disposed side adhesive strips is in a rectangular configuration with a width essentially equal to the width of the central adhesive strip and a length extending for between 30 percent and 40 percent of its length of the central adhesive strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventor: Lori L. Pettit
  • Patent number: 8192415
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article adapted to be worn about a lower torso of a human body and having a chassis, a non-removable absorbent core component disposed in a crotch region of the chassis, and a replaceable absorbent core component disposed in capillary liquid communication with the non-removable absorbent core component. The replaceable absorbent core component may be removed and a like component may be substituted in place of the removed component without the removal of the absorbent article from the wearer. The replaceable absorbent core component may be disposed inside an openable chassis pocket, with access for its removal and replacement provided by an aperture in a backsheet, an openable end of an external pocket, or an openable end of an internal pocket formed at an area of a waist end edge where the backsheet and a topsheet may be separated. Additional replaceable absorbent core components may also be incorporated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gary Dean LaVon, Theodora Beck, Michael Patrick Hayden, Stephen Lebeuf Hardie, Monica Jean Mohlenkamp, Mark James Kline
  • Patent number: 8187241
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article adapted to be worn about a lower torso of a human body and having a chassis, a non-removable absorbent core component disposed in a crotch region of the chassis, and a replaceable absorbent core component disposed in capillary liquid communication with the non-removable absorbent core component. The replaceable absorbent core component may be removed and a like component may be substituted in place of the removed component without the removal of the absorbent article from the wearer. The replaceable absorbent core component may be disposed inside an openable chassis pocket, with access for its removal and replacement provided by an aperture in a backsheet, an openable end of an external pocket, or an openable end of an internal pocket formed at an area of a waist end edge where the backsheet and a topsheet may be separated. Additional replaceable absorbent core components may also be incorporated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gary Dean Lavon, Theodora Beck, Mark James Kline
  • Patent number: 8157791
    Abstract: A system and method for post-operation care for a liposuction procedure including a compression garment and a set of absorptive garments that includes a first absorptive garment and a second absorptive garment. The compression garment includes a first portion and each absorptive garment includes an absorptive material, a fluid resistant material, and a fastener. The first absorptive garment is coupled to the body of the patient and fastened to envelop the first portion of the absorptive garment and the second absorptive garment is couple to the body of the patient and fastened to the first portion of the absorptive garment upon removal of the first absorptive garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventor: Gwen Mancuso
  • Patent number: 8092442
    Abstract: A pants type absorbing article (10) comprises an absorbing body (3) including an absorber (30), and an enclosure (2) equipped with a ventral portion (2a), a dorsal portion (2b) and a portion (2c) from the crotch to the cuff located therebetween and makes the absorbing body (3) adhere to the portion (2c) from the crotch to the cuff, wherein the enclosure (2) is provided, at a lower part of the ventral portion (2a), with an opening (5) having a cut (50) along the width direction and opening when the upper and lower parts of the cut (50) are pulled in the direction separating from each other, the absorbing body (3) is arranged across the opening (5) from the portion (2c) from the crotch to the cuff to the ventral portion (2a) of the enclosure (2) in the longitudinal direction, the portion below the opening (5) constitutes an adhering portion (3B) of the absorbing body (3) and the enclosure (2), the portion above the opening (5) constitutes a non-adhering portion (3A) of the absorbing body (3) and the enclosure (
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Daio Paper Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroto Sukegawa
  • Patent number: 8043276
    Abstract: An absorbent article, including: a leak preventer in sheet form having a bottom surface part and a pair of side parts raised upward from both the right and left sides of the bottom surface part and forming an internal space by the bottom surface part and the pair of side parts; an absorber arranged in the internal space at least in one layer, containing a super absorbent polymer, and capable of absorbing body fluids; a pair of side edge stretchable bands provided to extend along edge parts of the pair of side parts; a waist band joined to a rear end of the leak preventer and extending in a lateral direction; and a pair of hip wrapping stretchable bands connected to the pair of side parts of the leak preventer and/or the pair of side edge stretchable bands and to the waist band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Japan Absorbent Technology Institute
    Inventors: Migaku Suzuki, Reiko Moriya
  • Patent number: 8002762
    Abstract: A pouch for an absorbent pad is disclosed. The pouch (3) comprises a sheet of waterproof fabric formed into a pouch shape with a base (5) and a side wall (7) that extends from the base and is inwardly turned and defines an opening to insert a pad into the pouch so that the pouch covers the back and sides of the pad. In use, an assembly of the pouch and the pad received in the pouch can be positioned in a crotch region of an adult, child or baby in an operative position of the pad and with the pouch and the skin of the person enclosing the pad and forming a barrier to leakage from the pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Inventor: Susan M. Allison-Rogers
  • Patent number: 7993322
    Abstract: An absorbent garment having a garment-like outer shell and an absorbent assembly adapted for adjustable positioning therein is disclosed. In particular embodiments, the absorbent garment includes garment shell, at least one inner attachment member, and an absorbent assembly. The inner attachment member can be disposed at a waist region of the garment shell. The absorbent assembly can include a fastening component disposed at an end region, the first fastening component adapted for refastenable engagement to the inner attachment member. The inner attachment member can be configured such that a user may adjust a position of the refastenable engagement to the inner attachment member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Lynn Brud, Michael Faulks, Emily Tran
  • Patent number: 7976525
    Abstract: A personal care absorbent article has compound construction, a pad connected to an anchor. In use, the anchor is associated with a wearer's undergarment. The pad is attached to the anchor by a tether system, which allows the pad to at least partially decouple from the anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Mary Lou McDaniel
  • Patent number: 7887524
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article adapted to be worn about a lower torso of a human body and having a chassis, a non-removable absorbent core component disposed in a crotch region of the chassis, and a replaceable absorbent core component disposed in capillary liquid communication with the non-removable absorbent core component. The replaceable absorbent core component may be removed and a like component may be substituted in place of the removed component without the removal of the absorbent article from the wearer. The replaceable absorbent core component may be disposed inside an openable chassis pocket, with access for its removal and replacement provided by an aperture in a backsheet, an openable end of an external pocket, or an openable end of an internal pocket formed at an area of a waist end edge where the backsheet and a topsheet may be separated. Additional replaceable absorbent core components may also be incorporated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gary Dean Lavon, Theodora Beck, Gerald Alfred Young
  • Publication number: 20100179496
    Abstract: A wearable absorbent article having features for the containment and absorption of bodily exudates. The article may comprise an outer cover and an absorbent insert. The outer cover may be formed of durable or semi-durable materials and be launderable. The insert may be disposable. The insert may have containment and absorption features that prevent soiling of the outer cover by the wearer's exudates, so that the outer cover may be reused after an exudation event and change of inserts. The insert and/or the outer cover may have features to enhance containment, absorption, economy of materials and/or fit that make them asymmetric about their respective lateral axes, and may have features that direct a user to install the insert and/or the outer cover with correct front-rear orientation relative the wearer. Articles of commerce including packages of outer covers and/or inserts in varying combinations of numbers and features are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventors: Donald Carroll Roe, Elaine Mary Wiggins
  • Publication number: 20100179498
    Abstract: Reusable wearable absorbent articles with anchoring systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventor: Donald Carroll Roe
  • Publication number: 20100179502
    Abstract: Reusable wearable absorbent articles with anchoring subsystems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventor: Donald Carroll Roe
  • Publication number: 20100179501
    Abstract: A wearable absorbent article having features for the containment and absorption of bodily exudates. The article may comprise an outer cover and an absorbent insert. The outer cover may be formed of durable or semi-durable materials and be launderable. The insert may be disposable. The insert may have containment and absorption features that prevent soiling of the outer cover by the wearer's exudates, so that the outer cover may be reused after an exudation event and change of inserts. The insert and/or the outer cover may have features to enhance containment, absorption, economy of materials and/or fit that make them asymmetric about their respective lateral axes, and may have features that direct a user to install the insert and/or the outer cover with correct front-rear orientation relative the wearer. Articles of commerce including packages of outer covers and/or inserts in varying combinations of numbers and features are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventors: Donald Carroll Roe, Elaine Mary Wiggins
  • Patent number: 7727218
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article adapted to be worn about a lower torso of a human body and having a chassis, a non-removable absorbent core component disposed in a crotch region of the chassis, and a replaceable absorbent core component disposed in capillary liquid communication with the non-removable absorbent core component. The replaceable absorbent core component may be removed and a like component may be substituted in place of the removed component without the removal of the absorbent article from the wearer. The replaceable absorbent core component may be disposed inside an openable chassis pocket, with access for its removal and replacement provided by an aperture in a backsheet, an openable end of an external pocket, or an openable end of an internal pocket formed at an area of a waist end edge where the backsheet and a topsheet may be separated. Additional replaceable absorbent core components may also be incorporated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gary Dean Lavon, Theodora Beck, Gerald Alfred Young, Stephen Lebeuf Hardie, Thomas Henrich
  • Patent number: 7727211
    Abstract: Absorbent articles such as diapers, incontinent briefs, training pants, diaper holders and liners, and the like, designed to provide improved fit and comfort for the wearer while adequately containing body exudates. The absorbent article includes an absorbent core designed so as to retain low levels of fluid in the crotch region, relative to the other core regions, even when the core absorbs significant amounts of fluid during use. To achieve this, the absorbent core is designed such that fluid is moved substantially from the crotch region to the front and/or rear ends of the article. The absorbent core has a non-removable absorbent core component in the crotch region and removable absorbent core components in the front or rear regions of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gary Dean LaVon, Gerald Alfred Young, Theodora Beck
  • Patent number: 7670324
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article adapted to be worn about a lower torso of a human body and having a chassis, a non-removable absorbent core component disposed in a crotch region of the chassis, and a replaceable absorbent core component disposed in capillary liquid communication with the non-removable absorbent core component and having longitudinally disposed regions of liquid permeability and liquid impermeability on the same surface. The replaceable absorbent core component may be removed and a like component may be substituted without the removal of the absorbent article from the wearer. The replaceable absorbent core component may be disposed inside an openable chassis pocket, with access for its removal and replacement provided by an aperture in a backsheet, an openable end of an external pocket, or an openable end of an internal pocket formed at an area of a waist end edge where the backsheet and a topsheet may be separated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: The Procter and Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gary Dean LaVon, Theodora Beck, Gerald Alfred Young, Stephen Lebeuf Hardie, Thomas Henrich, Edward John Milbrada
  • Patent number: 7658732
    Abstract: The present invention relates to improvements in structure of disposable garments. The disposable garments of the invention may include an outer layer and an elastic inner layer. The elastic inner layer has an elastic inner layer perimeter and defines an opening, which may be in the form of a slit or aperture, located in an internal position to the elastic inner layer perimeter. The elastic inner layer perimeter may be bonded to the outer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul T. Van Gompel, Georgia L. Zehner
  • Patent number: 7494483
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article adapted to be worn about a lower torso of a human body and having a chassis, a non-removable absorbent core component disposed in a crotch region of the chassis, and a replaceable absorbent core component disposed in capillary liquid communication with the non-removable absorbent core component. The replaceable absorbent core component may be removed and a like component may be substituted in place of the removed component without the removal of the absorbent article from the wearer. The replaceable absorbent core component may be disposed inside an openable chassis pocket, with access for its removal and replacement provided by an aperture in a backsheet, an openable end of an external pocket, or an openable end of an internal pocket formed at an area of a waist end edge where the backsheet and a topsheet may be separated. Additional replaceable absorbent core components may also be incorporated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: The Procter and Gamble Company
    Inventors: Theodora Beck, Gary Dean LaVon, Stephen Lebeuf Hardie, Monica Jean Mohlenkamp, Janet Madge Roller, Donald Carroll Roe
  • Patent number: 7491196
    Abstract: An absorbent garment has an absorbent assembly disposed within a garment shell configured for encircling a wearer's waist. The absorbent assembly has an inner surface adapted for contiguous relationship with the wearer's body, a front waist region in opposed relationship with a front waist region of the garment shell, a back waist region in opposed relationship with a back waist region of the garment shell, and a crotch region extending longitudinally between and interconnecting the front and back waist regions of the absorbent assembly. The absorbent assembly is releasably attached generally at a front waist end thereof to the garment shell generally at the front waist end of the garment shell, and is also releasably attached generally at a back waist end thereof to the garment shell generally at the back waist end of the garment shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Franke, Kristi J. Bryant, Cynthia H. Hendren, Richard J. Kamps, David A. Kuen, Lisa Nickel, Katherine C. Wheeler, Yee Yang
  • Patent number: 7381202
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article adapted to be worn about a lower torso of a human body and having a chassis, a non-removable absorbent core component disposed in a crotch region of the chassis, and one or more replaceable absorbent core component or components disposed in capillary liquid communication with the non-removable absorbent core component. The replaceable absorbent core component may be removed and a like component may be substituted in place of the removed component without the removal of the absorbent article from the wearer. The replaceable absorbent core component may be disposed inside an openable chassis pocket, with access for its removal and replacement provided at an openable end of the pocket, such as at an area of a waist end edge where the garment-facing layer and a wearer-facing layer may be separated for access into the pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gary Dean LaVon, Gerald Alfred Young, Theodora Beck
  • Patent number: 7364572
    Abstract: A pant shaped garment having a rear portion, a front portion, and a crotch portion, a waist opening with a waist edge and two leg openings bordered by a leg edge having a front part located generally on the front portion and a rear part located generally on the rear portion and on the crotch portion. Front and rear portions are mutually connected in two side joins which run from the waist opening to each leg opening. An elongated elastic element is pre-stretched along the rear part of the leg edge of each leg opening. The front portion comprises an elastically extensible material and the elongated elastic element constricts the rear part of the leg edge, thereby stretching the elastic material along the front part of the leg edge. The side joins exhibit a curvature in a direction towards the rear portion that increases in a direction from the waist opening towards the leg opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventors: Cecile Sandin, Katarina Eriksson, Sofia Hermansson, Catarina Linner
  • Patent number: 7150733
    Abstract: A diaper is provided in a transverse middle of a crotch region with a pad seat formed from top- and backsheets. The pad seat has a pair of extensions bifurcated from a rear end of the pad seat toward respective tape fasteners. In the course of wearing the diaper as well as during use of the diaper, a tensile force functioning to pull side flaps outward as viewed in a transverse direction of the article is transmitted to the respective extensions and pulls the pad seat so that the pad seat may be tightened so as to press a pad laid in the pad seat against the wearer's skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Shie Yamakawa, Yusuke Kawakami
  • Patent number: 7137972
    Abstract: A non-bulky, disposable undergarment primarily designed for male wearers who have minor urinary leakage such as from prostate surgery. The undergarment includes a soft, flexible base sheet of a non-woven material. The base sheet has a rectangular main panel which extends from the wearer's lower front trunk between the legs of the wearer to immediately rearward of the genital area to cover the person's genital area. A pair of left and right straps extend rearwardly from the main panel which are interconnected by a transverse connecting strap at a lower rear trunk of the wearer. The straps extend from the connecting strap leftward and rightward around the lower trunk of the wearer. The ends of the straps removably interconnect to the main panel and each other in overlapping fashion by pairs of interlockable hook and loop patches affixed to the main panel and the ends of the straps to securely hold the undergarment in place on the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Inventor: Flori A. Holberg
  • Patent number: 7137973
    Abstract: Garments that are an absorption pad holding system used during post tumescent liposuction drainage recovery. These garments with rows of inside pockets will secure retail maxi pads and/or medical pads in a, but not limited to, stretchable, breathable, leak proof and washable material. These user friendly garments after being filled with pads, can be easily wrapped around various parts of the body. The garment can be easily adjusted with the Velcro closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: Evanton Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Susan H. Plauché, Holly Shaw
  • Patent number: 6991623
    Abstract: A disposable diaper includes a cover member having a front waist region, a back waist region, and a crotch region and a liquid-absorbent panel disposed inside the cover member. The panel is joined to the cover member on inner surfaces of the front and back waist regions by an elastic band which extends in an elastically contractible condition in a circumferential direction of a wearer's waist. At least a portion of a clearance existing between the cover member and the elastic band is closed by a sheet material having extensibility back and forth of the diaper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Tanaka, Hirotomo Mukai